River North Reaches Out

Volunteering at Open Books

Best Western River North Hotel is committed to making a positive impact in the community.In the past, we’ve partnered with area revelry-open-booksorganizations like the Anti-Cruelty Society and Toys for Tots.But most recently, we’ve joined forces with local non-profit Open Books to help spread literacy throughout Chicago.After having established a complimentary “Open Bookshelf” in our lobby for guests to enjoy, and encouraging guests and employees to participate in ouron-going BookDrivewe decided to further strengthen our partnership with Open Books.This past weekend, our hotel particiapted in The Revelry, a ‘spectacular fundraisersupporting the expansion of literacy programing and highlighting the urgency of literacy in Chicago’.This celebration of reading,writing andthe revelatory power of used booksfeatured exciting entertainment and amazing auctions, sponsored in part, by Best Western River North.

However, our most rewarding and fun connection with Open Books happened just a few days ago when open-books-661we ventured out for Best Western River North Hotel’s first ever Volunteer Day!Employees representing all departments of our hotel banded together to participate in an Open Books “Adventures in Creative Writing Field Trip“.These writing field trips are an opportunity for young Chicago school children to develop their writing skills in a meaningful and creative way.Each volunteer works within a small group ofchildren to discuss and write their own proseor poetry.At the end of the session, the students have an opportunity toread aloud their newly written poemin front of the classroom (all while wearing a pretty awesome pencil costume)!

Number 2 Pencil...Number 1 Reader Writing really IS fun! Writing Wordshop at Open Books Write, Write, Write Helping to Spread Literacy Through Chicago

And don’t forget, through the month of November, anyone who donates a children’s book to our Book drive, will receive double bonus Best Western Rewards points for a total of 500 points!

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